The Western Australian Government has invested $300,000 towards BP’s Kwinana Renewable Fuels project, converting the former crude oil refinery into a biofuel refinery for aviation fuel and biodiesel. 

The Kwinana project is one of five biofuel refineries BP has globally, and is scheduled to be the first of the projects to come online. It will repurpose refining units and infrastructure at BP’s Kwinana site to produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel.

The biorefinery is planned to produce sustainable fuels by 2026.

It will complement the site’s existing import terminal operations and integrate with BP’s plans for green hydrogen production, which are currently being assessed in a feasibility study.

The Renewable Fuels Project has reached the front-end engineering design phase milestone, which is the step before making a final investment. 

Western Australian Premier, Mark McGowan, said he welcomes this latest milestone as BP begins the transformation of its Kwinana infrastructure into a renewables hub.

“This transformational project, which is one of five in the world, is a testament to the fact that Western Australia continues to be an ideal location to invest and do business,” Mr McGowan said. 

“Initiatives like this bring significant benefits to our State, boost our strong economy and ensure we have a long line of local jobs and work for local businesses into the future.”

State Minister of State Development, Jobs and Trade, Roger Cook, said, “There has been a long association between BP and Kwinana over many years. 

“It is very encouraging that we are seeing the rebirth of the facility as a renewable energy hub.

“Not only will this create jobs, but it will create jobs for the future as WA plays a leading role in the global shift to renewable energy.”

The Kwinana Renewables Project is located in the Kwinana Industrial Area which has supported tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment.

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